Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Cooter

Just another food plot ?

27 posts in this topic

I have a small plot(approx 40yrd long by 10yrds wide) in the woods. Its surrounded by oaks and I'm concerned the annual leaf drop will cause problems if I planted clover. Right now I've been doing annuals do its not a prob but each spring there is a pretty healthy covering of leaves and I'm not sure if I want to invest in clover if its gonna get smothered. Any comments?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My brother and I have one just like this. We mow it early in the spring to mulch the leaves. So far it has worked good for us.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cool, what time of year, how low, and do you wait for upcoming rain?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have one dead in the center of an oak forest. Its only 20 yds wide by 30 yds long.

Its on its 5th year now. And the deer use it from snow melt to late season.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

All my plots are in the woods and if downed leaves are bad I may pull my drag harrow though the plot, especially if I am overseeding or fertilizing in the early spring. The downed leaves have never been a problem for my clover, whether I pull the drag through it or not.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, now I wish I'd had some clover in before all this rain...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We mow it when ever it gets dry enough to not leave deep tracks. We set the mower as high as we can and still pick up most of the leaves.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

OK, a related question. How low is too low to mow clover? I'm limited to a lawnmower

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've had great success with push mowers set at the highest height. 4 inches or so..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a bush hog style mower now that I pull with my atv, but prior to that I used a weed whip to mow my clover plots.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I started with a weed whip on Perchjerkers suggestion a few years back.

Now I use one of the pull mowers too.

Heightwise, I set it at about 6 inches or so.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great news, I just got back from deer camp and the deer were in my plots. Hopefully they will stick around come Nov. smile

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sweet, I also have a weed whip, which will work but won't do the job on the leaves a mower would. Maybe this fall some clover will get seeded.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My hope is that they just stay within the area and not wander too far away. These plots are my spring and summer ones, later we will be putting in the brassicas. Food attracts them and we hope that they will be looking for the food or not leaving the area too far after the fill their bellies.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I fogot to add that my better half's Aunt is giving me about 20 hosta plants to put in. They love those hosta, even though they will be frozen by Nov, it will be another attractant to the area. There isn't any agriculture for several miles, so draw them in and keep them there. Now if I could only shoot straight.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was going to bring a boatload of hostas up too.

The deer keep the ones here at home mowed down nicely.

A friend in New Hope has gaggles of them and splits out a ton of them every year.

I got an email from his a week or so ago.

"No hostas for you. Hail smashed them all"

Dang.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i will come and take the day lilies from you if you want. my wife want them in our flower garden.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, but I have a few options. I am just trying to determine which if the best at this time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is there a time when it's too late to mow clover? Our clover is flowered and probably about 14 inches tall and the deer are just devouring it! Should I be mowing it right now or just leave it since the deer are eating it soo much? thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They claim to keep it around 6 inches, that is what 2 seminars on food plots told us.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just got home from the deer woods. Had a long and grueling day. Spent the whole day with a weedwacker, rake, and brush mower. We got a nice size area of thick grass mowed down pretty well and took the harrow and pulled most of the loose stuff off. There is still a fair amount of old dead grass mulch and the cut greeen stalks on the ground, but we sprayed everything with roundup to hopefully kill everything off.

This is our first attempt at putting in food plots.

Now we need to get the stuff turned over and the dirt showing so we can plant the fall seed (clover/chickory/brassicas) in a week or two.

What's the best way to do that, which equipment (disk, chisel plow, rotary tiller?) and anybody know where I can rent one in the Perham/Fergus Falls/Henning/Deer Creek area???? Our trail through the woods is just big enough to get a S-10 pickup through.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think you have 2 good options for turning over turf.

One is with a disc. More and more places are renting food plot equipment - I'm not familiar with the area you're in, but I've seen rentals from Gander, from MN Deer Hunters Association Chapters, from coops and farm service stores, etc. If you disc, you'll likely have to make several passes to really rip the turf to shreds.

Another good option is renting a tractor with a rotary tiller on the back. Probably can find something like this at a large rental business. I've never used one but have heard great things about them, and if you can stand to slowly go in reverse for a long time I think 1 pass is all you'll need.

Good luck with your plot.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Good question, why didn't they find any more?  Did those two infected deer parachute in?  Were they dropped by a helicopter?  I find it fascinating they could get as far as Lanesboro and they only find two out of thousands.  Like I said, they're bad at conspiracy.    Policing the borders?  How about a billboard, a radio ad, or a twitter campaign?  How about having the highway patrol pull over anyone with hooves or antlers sticking outta their truck box or laying on a flatbed coming across the border on the interstate?    My wealth and land ownership shouldn't disqualify me from questioning the DNR.  It used to be a staple of a free country to question your government.  Somehow now it's more important to kneel before the all knowing DNR and take whatever they want to shove in our mouths?  If this is real science and a real mitigation effort, let's have a discussion about it.  If the DNR wants to stop this spread, why are they not welcoming with open arms feedback like mine when it comes to import enforcement, and an effective PR campaign?  Cause guess what fella, lots of deer got hauled home from all kinds of places infected with CWD by uninformed folks that are going to cut up those critters and throw the brains and spinal cords out in the woods at home.    So yeah, this is either a giant hoax, or the DNR has no idea what the hell they're doing. 
    • I just checked on the fans that I bought, there 4.7 inchs sq and 1.25 thick. I thought they were 5 inch thick but I was wrong. They are 110v and I think I will put one inside on the bottom plate and see how it works. And I like where you have your fishingstar.
    • Slowly getting the outside buttoned up 
    • Yea I had that idea too 
    • I saw three or four huts in the little wet area in the lake vadnais area just off country road F.   But they would probably get upset if you set traps there...    right next to the new path that goes south along the east side of the lake. 
    • In the olden days, pigs were fed garbage.  Trichinosis was a problem.  Then laws were passed so any garbage fed to pigs had to be cooked first.  Problem went away.   According to CDC there hasn't been a case of trichinosis except from eating wild game like bear meat for many years.  
    • From a quick google search it looks like waveinn.com or the bay of e might be your best bets, if you don't want to buy from shimano.
    • Does anyone know of a place you can get spare Shimano Sedona spools?? I run braid in the summer and don't want to run it on the ice.
  • Our Sponsors